Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was medically cleared to practice this afternoon, a step in the right direction on his comeback path from the concussion he suffered Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
An independent neurologist would still need to clear Campbell to play Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots. If Campbell receives the green light, he’ll be expected to start.
“Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice today,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced today. “He still has not and will not pass the independent neurologist test until we see how he does today and in the next 24-48 hours obviously we would have more information on that. But he would need to pass that before he would be cleared to play in the game.”
Meanwhile, quarterback Brandon Weeden has not been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was cleared to resume activity, but not practice, earlier this week. Weeden was the only player on the Browns' active roster who sat out practice today.
Chudzinski said the Browns will continue to prepare recently signed quarterbacks Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney to start in the event Campbell and Weeden cannot play.
The quarterbacks took reps in the following order today during individual drills: Campbell, Hanie and Tanney. Campbell's passes were sharp and his footwork was smooth.
Although Campbell is not guaranteed to be cleared, Chudzinski said “it’s very encouraging” that he was cleared to practice this afternoon.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner agreed.
“It’s the next step, and I was relieved,” Turner said. “But I do know that he’s got another step to go to be cleared. We’ve been meeting extra with [Hanie and Tanney] and doing everything we can to cover all the bases.”